While the "hope" portion of the original campaign theme continues to be elusive, the evidence of what kind of "change" Barack Obama envisioned continues to mount.
For example, the "War on Terror" is no more. Last month the President all but took a victory lap and declared it over and done. Al Qaeda and all those other radical Islamist groups that have vowed "Death to America" no longer matter so much.
Obama's State Department turned on a dime this week and declared that Hezbollah's extensive network in Central and South America is just "confined to fundraising" activities. The new wishful thinking stands in stark contrast to volumes of intelligence data including Congressional testimony from Robert Noriega, the former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States in 2011:
"The more broad implication for U.S. homeland security is that Hezbollah – via Iran and Venezuela – has engaged the United States in an offensive strategy of asymmetric warfare on our doorstep. It is aiming to win the mental battle of attrition and the moral battle of legitimacy – particularly with the youth in Latin America. Unless our government recognizes and responds to their efforts, our ability to protect our interests and our homeland will be gradually and dangerously diminished."
Terrorists may have gotten a reprieve of sorts, but Obama has identified a new enemy. Tuesday he declared a "War on Coal" – which according to a top adviser to the President is "exactly what's needed" in this country.
Obama's new War is a war against ourselves. Virtually all of the coal isdomestically produced supporting American jobs, families and communities, and providing a huge portion of the affordable energy necessary to support citizens and businesses throughout the nation. The U.S. also has more coal reserves than any nation in the world.
The day after the "War on Coal" speech, the Commerce Department reported a "dramatic" downward revision in first quarter GDP growth to just 1.8%. Economic analysts saw this as an indication of "substantial weakness in the U.S. economy" even as the nation enters the fifth year of a painfully sluggish recovery. Economists say around 3.0 percent growth is needed just to create enough jobs to keep pace with population increases.
It is anyone's guess how a "war" against the industry that is responsible for producing 40 percent of the nation's electricity makes any sense with an economy struggling, 2.5 million fewer jobs than before the recession, nearly 12 million Americans unemployed and 5 million more so distraught that they left the workforce.
It only makes sense if this is actually the kind of "transformational change" Obama wants to bring to America. This is not all just some accident, nor the result of a couple of bad policy decisions. It is quite intentional and quite by design. That's the worst part.